(STAR) By Rhia Diomampo-Grana (People Asia) (Photography by SARA BLACK Art Direction by Tatum Ancheta Makeup by Lourd Ramos, Assisted by Leonard Dulza of Creations Salon Hair by Romeo Samellano for Revlon)

Cristalle Belo Henares, daughter of “dermatologist to the stars” Vicki Belo, is always in the know when it comes to the latest breakthroughs in aesthetics and skincare.

For sure, she herself takes meticulous care of her looks: Glycopeel cleaning every other week coupled with Powerpeel to exfoliate the skin; Sculptor Plus to keep facial skin tight and Skin Master Eyes + Meso Eyes to eliminate dark circles; daily use of Pore Minimizing Face Wash in the morning and evening; application of Intensive Collagen Serum on the face and neck and Elastiderm around the eye area; and taking Belo Nutraceuticals Glutathione + Collagen pills first thing in the morning when glutathione levels are low (to help the body rejuvenate and repair itself at night).

But Cristalle exudes a distinct kind of glow, and it’s something that even the most cutting-edge beauty technology can’t provide. “I live in blissful simplicity and delight in God’s glory. I’m a simple girl who enjoys going to the province, taking public transportation, going to the mountains and teaching children,” she reveals.

The skincare heiress always looks back with fondness at her life-changing experience in Malaybalay, Bukidnon when she volunteered to be a preschool teacher for one school year through the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines (JVP). There in the “boondocks,” she learned to live an austere life, subsisting on a P3,500 monthly allowance. “I loved that experience because it taught me how to live simply and really depend on God when I was weak and lonely,” she muses.

Hence, it was as if Cristalle was reliving that experience when she again took a trip to Bukidnon last April 5 to celebrate her birthday with her Kinder 2 students, who have now graduated from Grade 6. “It was the best birthday gift ever! I celebrated my big day with them,” she shares.

Her upbeat disposition in life, her generosity and compassion especially to the underprivileged, can perhaps be partly attributed to the fact that she grew up in a happy environment, where she and brother, Quark, were showered with affection by their parents and grandparents. At a time when their mom, Vicki, was still in residency, and dad, Atom, was building a name for himself, Cristalle and Quark basked in the love of their Belo grandparents.

It was, of course, a daunting time for the whole family when the power couple split up. Cristalle remembers spending nights with her mom playing push and pull (a game played with mahjong tiles), listening to Whitney Houston songs, sleeping beside her mother and comforting the latter.

But all that’s water under the bridge now as the friendship between the ex-pair slowly began to blossom. “We figured that they’re much better off as friends than married,” Cristalle affirms.

Meanwhile, Cristalle has made a name for herself in the beauty scene. So has her brother, Quark, who is one of the country’s most sought-after film directors. Cristalle gives due credit to their parents, whom she considers the biggest influence in their life.

Tenacity, integrity, vision, fun, pursuit of excellence, curiosity and being adventurous—these winning qualities propelled Cristalle’s career to where it is now. The young beauty exec has relinquished her post as general manager of Belo Essentials to focus on the bigger picture. She is slowly involving herself not only in Intelligent Skin Care, Inc., the consumer arm of Belo, but also in Belo Medical Group. She also jumpstarted Sexy Solutions, a center which offers non-invasive procedures tied in with a diet program. For this new “baby,” the company has sought the expertise of Nadine Tengco, the nutritionist of The Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition.

Consequently, one of society’s most desirable bachelorettes (she’s single!) is not resting on her laurels. In fact, she just finished her MBA at the University of Western Australia and is bent on taking a course in Luxury Branding in Paris.

Cristalle avers, “This all stems from, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ I have been blessed with so much that my heart is overflowing with love. I want to help in my own little way and I want to glorify God with the talents and abilities He has blessed me with. As people see and acknowledge what I have done, the credit doesn’t go to me, but to Him.”

As she continues to polish her gifts, Cristalle Henares is proving to all and sundry that she is a shining jewel, a gem all her own.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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